US House Of Representatives Defy President Obama; Passes Bill Against Syrian Refugees

President Barack Obama speaks about the importance of keeping your hearts open to the refugees. Screen capture c/o Youtube.

In a 289-137 vote, the US House of Representatives has just passed a bill that means much greater security measures will required before any Syrian or Iraqi refugees will be allowed into the United States. 47 Democrats voted for the bill, giving it a clear majority, despite the fact that President Obama had threatened to veto the bill if it reached his desk, calling its requirements “untenable”.

The events in Paris led by ISIS have left US state leaders in turmoil as many no longer wish to offer shelter to Syrian refugees within their borders, fearing for the safety of Americans if they were to do so. It has left the nation divided, particularly as it is now evident that the majority of US leaders are siding against President Obama and his desire to continue extending help to the refugees.

The number of Democrats who sided with the Republicans and voted in favor of the bill is enough to override a presidential veto, should Obama follow through on his threat, although if asked to sustain a veto there is no guarantee that they would still defy the president’s wishes. The fact that so many Democrats voted in this way, though, shows how isolated the president is on his attitude towards the refugees.

Nevadan Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid vowed to block the House bill himself as well, however he doesn’t believe that the legislation will be passed by the Senate, which will be the next step in the process. When asked about the possibility of Obama vetoing the bill, Reid confidently replied, “Don’t worry, it won’t get passed. Next question?”

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If the new legislature were to be put into effect, it would bar Syrian and Iraqi refugees from entering the USA until the FBI, Department of Homeland Security and Director of National Intelligence had each certified that none of the individuals are dangerous.

The Obama administration has informed the public that the current vetting process already takes more than a year for each applicant on average, and these further requirements will add greatly to that time.

Despite the terrorist attacks that occurred in Paris, President Obama has never shifted on his stance towards the refugees, saying that to refuse to give these people the refuge that they need is “not American.”

Read also: More Countries and States Have Closed Their Borders To Syrian Refugees.

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